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Hornets vs Bulls NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls
  • Where: Chicago at United Center
  • Date: Thursday, February 2nd
  • Betting Odds CHI -6.5, CHA +207 | CHI -255 O/U 236.5

The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 15-37. So far, the team has gone 22-26-4 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Charlotte has an overall record of 2-1, including going 3-0 against the spread.

Charlotte will be gunning to get in the win column vs the Bulls, as they previously lost to the Bucks by a score of 124-115. However, because they entered as 11 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Going into halftime, the teams were all tied at 64, before the Bulls went on to take control of the game in the 2nd half. In the loss, LaMelo Ball led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 38.5%.

So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 23-27, while going 26-24-0 vs the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Bulls are averaging 109 points per game while allowing 109. This has led to a record of 1-2.

Chicago is trying to bounce back from a 108-103 loss to the Clippers. Going into this game, the team was 3 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Chicago let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Nikola Vucevic, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 66.7% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Hornets averaged 120.33 points per game vs the Bulls. On the other side, Chicago saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Hornets, as they averaged 123.67 points per game in these matchups. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Bulls hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 2 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 226 points per game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Hornets come into today’s game as the 25th ranked scoring offense at 112.3 points per game. In terms of pace, the Hornets are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.7 possessions per game. However, they have not been able to pair this up-tempo speed with overall scoring efficiency, as they are just 16th in made field goals per game.

Currently, the Hornets defense is ranked 25th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.89 points per game vs the unit.

This season, the Hornets offense has primarily worked through Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 42 games, Rozier is 38th in the NBA at 21.7 points per game. So far, him and Washington have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 36.8 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, P.J. Washington is grabbing 4.6 rebounds for Charlotte to go along with 2.4 assists.

This season, the Chicago offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.3 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bulls are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.2 per contest. Although the Bulls have a current effective field goal percentage of 55.0%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.

Defensively, Chicago has had its problems giving up an average of 112.0 points per game (17th).

This season, the Bulls offense has primarily worked through DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 47 games, DeRozan is 17th in the NBA at 26.3 points per game. So far, him and LaVine have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 50.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Zach LaVine is grabbing 4.8 rebounds for Chicago to go along with 4.2 assists.

Hornets vs Bulls Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Bulls -6.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 236.5